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Old 3rd Apr 2024, 3:18 am   #21
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Default Re: Recommendations for solder rework station

I was lucky in that I had a young guy working for me quite some years ago and he used to bring his (same) desolder gun and stand in (he liked to use his own tools).

He kindly me made me a stand too

Nice and heavy, weighs 1.2Kg so it ain't tipping over any time soon
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Old 7th Apr 2024, 8:59 pm   #22
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I have the same RS branded one on my bench, you can find cheaper ones on Amazon which appear to be exactly the same, just different colours on the base and gun.

My RS one is very good but find I have to have the temperature pretty high else the gun gets clogged easily, then have to put it to full temperature and use the long cleaning rods to clear the blockage.

When badly clogged, I have to remove the glass tube and use another soldering iron to heat up the end of the suction tube next to the glass tube then use the rods.

You know when it is clogged up when the tone of the suction pump increases!
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Old 8th Apr 2024, 1:26 pm   #23
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The trouble with cheaper mains powered equipment, from shops on various online trading websites, is that they might not meet UK/EU etc electrical safety standards, expect missing earth connections, fuses not in circuit, copper clad aluminium or steel cables, etc.
Also they may be very expensive to return, if they are not UK based shops.

OK if you are competent & prepared to rewire the equipment and test it thoroughly, then this might be an option.

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Old 25th May 2024, 12:20 am   #24
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Default Re: Recommendations for solder rework station

Just seen another interesting solder sucker in a video from The Radio Shop (11 minutes in). This one has no continuous cooling, and it seems to give a 'ping' when the temperature of the workpiece is hot enough to be sucked. Anyone recognise it?
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Old 25th May 2024, 4:10 am   #25
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S-993A desolder gun
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Old 27th May 2024, 2:41 pm   #26
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Thanks Terry; a quick google shows this is branded Huanyu. The first YT video I looked at shows a green unit which, apart from the colour and brand, looks exactly like the one bought! I wonder if they've added a 'ping' notification, or maybe there was some unrelated pinging going on in The Radio Shop during filming.

I was using it yesterday and it seemed to be losing suck. I ran some tinned copper wire up the nozzle to no effect so I opened up the collection cylinder and found a wad of almost solid solder about 2mm thick across the gauze-filter end. They need cleaning pretty regularly, certainly every day of frequent use.
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Old 27th May 2024, 11:24 pm   #27
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Can't say I've ever heard of one smart enough to let you know when the holes been cleared , so I suspect it was possibly some background noise (I didn't have the audio on for the vid).

Re cleaning, yes, if you use it a lot, expect to be dismantling and cleaning often, slow or lack of suction is usually a sign of cleaning needed.

Also the filters do clog, so make sure you have replacements on hand too.
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Old 30th May 2024, 4:45 pm   #28
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Those RS and Proskit stations look identical to the Katsu branded station I used to have, just with yet another colour of faceplate. As already described, frequent clogging and solder accumulating on the filter at the back of the gun chamber was also frustrating problem with the Katsu. The matter is now academic since the OP has already purchased, but following a recommendation on here I ended buying a Quick 201B. Rather more expensive but more modestly priced than the likes of Pace and slightly cheaper than a Hakko, yet still a significant upgrade to the cheap Katsu. While the Kastu might perhaps have been considered to be an “affordable” stepping stone, I now consider it to have been a false economy. The Quick 201B is much better made and in a different class to the Katsu, far less prone to clogging and actually a pleasure to use. I have found the de-soldering station to be an invaluable tool, making light work of cleanly removing through hole components, especially ones with multiple legs, such as ICs.

Unfortunately for the hot air blower I still have a cheap “death trap” which I dare not leave unattended when running. It has so far performed OK, but I will, at some point be looking to upgrade that as well.

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Old 30th May 2024, 5:33 pm   #29
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The Quick 201B seems to be Polish made and is available from a British agent, along with all replacement parts and consumables. They mention a ceramic filter, which sounds very desirable. Have you had to replace anything in your first year of use?
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Old 30th May 2024, 9:55 pm   #30
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Correction, the Quick 201B is from China, the sellers all over including Banggood. I found WD's eevblog posts with more helpful comments, and I now see that you've been using yours for a couple of years. Next time I have to clear out the collection chamber I'll drill a few holes in the backing plate to allow a bit more suck. A few more vent holes in the power unit housing seems worth doing.
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Old 31st May 2024, 8:52 am   #31
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I was informed at the time that it is British made, but it would not surprise at all if parts are fabricated in China. The label on the rear does not give the country of origin. I had to replace one bit but only because I managed to suck a bit of metallic debris up into it and could not clear it. I have also replaced one of the filters inside the gun. It has a much better tightly wound coil spring inside the gun that catches all the solder and which needs clearing periodically but the filter tends not to get hit as hard, nor is it obstructed by a metal plate which is then compressed against it by the spring, like in the Katsu thus impeding air flow. (I removed the plate which improved airflow and the tendency to clog a little, but then the solder directly impacted the filter instead of the metal plate, which as a consequence needed changing more often) This one has a different design. The cheap bits off eBay do actually fit and work fine but the original ones can be purchased from the supplier as well and are of better quality. My usage can be characterised as light and occasional so I can’t really say how it would perform being used on a daily basis.

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Old 31st May 2024, 12:41 pm   #32
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Quick seems to have a distribution center in Poland. They might do some assembly there, but as far as I know it's a (somewhat higher end) Chinese brand.

I use a quick hot air station, with ample power and airflow. For a desoldering gun, i chose Hakko. Somewhat more expensive but very good and will also double as a high power soldering iron (I think it's 200W or thereabouts).
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